Next time you hear about a struggling band in the 1970's unable to get that elusive record deal, understand one thing: they must really, really have sucked - everybody had a record in the 70's, even the freaking organ guy at a pizza restaurant! It must have been really disenchanting for bands unable to get a record deal to find records like this one. To make matters worse.... there's two records...
Okay, maybe I'm being a little unfair to Organ Stop Pizza. It did, after all, have a gigantic Wurlitzer organ... and what an incredibly unusual concept: a pizza joint with professional organists and an expensive pipe organ! Not the sort of thing you'd expect to sweep the nation. Yet, it was successful. The Pheonix location, shown on the above album covers, was demolished; however, the newer Mesa location is still going strong. It currently has the largest Wurlitzer in the entire world.
Here's a couple photographs from the LP's gatefold.
Why am I posting this? For one, it just strikes me as an oddity that's worthy of a few words. For another, I've actually known about this album for years, and have been extremely curious about how it sounded. Recently, I acquired a copy and was able to finally listen to this curiosity. Not surprisingly, there's nothing too exciting about the music, in fact it pretty much sucks (I'm not sure what I was expecting). But now I've got closure.
Here's a sample track "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate"